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South Carolina Colleges and Universties

If you're thinking of pursuing higher education in the southeastern United States, consider a university in South Carolina. From the oldest institution -- the College of Charleston -- established in 1770, to today's 21 private four-year universities, 11 four-year public colleges, six private two-year schools, and 16 two-year technical schools, South Carolina colleges have an array of educational offerings.

Of course, students at South Carolina universities learn that much of the college experience doesn't necessarily have to take place in the classroom. It's important to become enriched in the history and culture of your surroundings, while finding time to bond with new friends. Learn history by thinking back to the American Revolution -- it's estimated that over 200 battles were fought in South Carolina. Get some cultural extra credit at the Charleston Museum, the country's first public museum, founded in 1772. Visit the Newberry Opera House for some art infusion. And learn about the 400-year history by frequenting the state's National Heritage Corridor, Discovery Centers, American Revolution or African-American cultural areas. Architecture students at South Carolina universities should note that Charleston is home to 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings, 136 late-18th century structures, and over 600 others built before the 1840s.

Whether you want to spend your between-classes time at museums, galleries, theaters, or cultural events, you can experience some of the South's most entertaining and art-rich locales. You'll also find that there is always something going on, whether it is festivals, concert series, or a kayaking outing. And when you really need to just get away from it all -- after midterms, for instance -- head to Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head for some sun, surf, and golf. Historic tours, cruises, and a trip to the world's largest collection of American sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens round out a full list of activities for students at South Carolina colleges.

All of these opportunities and educational options make universities in South Carolina a unique place for students to be. Take a look...

Number of South Carolina Colleges and Universities: 63

Source: State Education Data Profiles, National Center for Education Statistics, February 2006

Cool Events Abound at Universities in South Carolina

  • Free and public concert choirs perform at South Carolina universities.

  • South Carolina colleges and universities host and sponsor robot competitions.

  • Speakers are invited to attend universities in South Carolina to speak during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and other important dates.

  • Homecoming events bring back alums young and old to reminisce and support the athletes of South Carolina universities.

  • Students and communities come together at South Carolina universities to participate in the Race for the Cure Breast Cancer fundraiser.


  • Financial Aid for Students at South Carolina Colleges
  • State Aid Agency: South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission
  • College Prepaid/Savings Programs: South Carolina Future Scholar Program and South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program


  • Popular College Majors
    Health and Allied Services, Business and Commerce, Education, and Engineering and Engineering Technologies.


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